Gloucester power to victory over Sale Sharks

Gloucester recovered from their loss to champions Harlequins by powering to a 29-3 Aviva Premiership victory over Sale Sharks at Kingsholm.


Five Freddie Burns’ penalties gave the Cherry and Whites a 15-3 lead at the interval, with the visitors’ sole score coming through Danny Cipriani’s three-pointer. And the win was rubber-stamped in the second half through Akapusi Qera’s touchdown and a penalty try.


Despite a dreadful run, which culminated in the demotion of Bryan Redpath to head coach, Sale have built some confidence in recent weeks. However, they are still entrenched at the bottom of the table and they fell behind early on at Kingsholm.


Burns opened the scoring with a penalty before he added another after 11 minutes which gave the hosts an early 6-0 lead. The fly-half has been in impressive form so far this season leading to a call-up to the England squad as injury cover.


And two further three-pointers through Sharks’ ill-discipline allowed Gloucester to build that advantage. It was becoming repetitive as the former age-grade star kicked another from the tee.


Towards the end of the half, Sale finally managed to cut out the mistakes and ascertain a certain element of control.


When the home side were penalised at the breakdown, Cipriani converted the resultant opportunity to give them hope going into the second half.


The visitors were much brighter after the break and had several chances to reduce the arrears but often the final pass let them down. They were duly punished for their profligacy by a clinical Gloucester outfit when Qera crossed the whitewash.


A dominant scrum from the hosts ended in Luke Pearce awarding a penalty try which means the Sharks remain rooted at the foot of the Premiership.


Final Score Gloucester 29 Sale Sharks 3


Scorers


Gloucester
Tries: Qera, Penalty
Con: Burns 2
Pen: Burns 5


Sale Sharks
Pen: Cipriani


Match Officials
Referee
: Luke Pearce (8th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege, Ashley Rowden
TMO: Trevor Fisher


Teams


Gloucester


Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall, Billy Twelvetrees, Shane Monahan; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan; Dan Murphy, Huia Edmonds, Rupert Harden; Will James, Jim Hamilton (capt); Tom Savage, Akapusi Qera, Sione Kalamafoni


Replacements:Koree Britton, Nick Wood, Shaun Knight, Peter Buxton, Matt Cox, Dan Robson, Tim Molenaar, Martyn Thomas


Sale Sharks


15.Rob Miller, 14.Charlie Amesbury, 13.Will Addison, 12.Sam Tuitupou, 11.Mark Cueto, 10.Danny Cipriani, 9.Dwayne Peel, 1.Ross Harrison, 2.Tommy Taylor, 3.Tony Buckley, 4.Fraser McKenzie, 5.Kearnan Myall, 6.Richie Vernon, 7.David Seymour (capt.), 8.Andy Powell.


Replacements: 16.Joe Ward, 17.Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18.Vadim Cobilas, 19.Tom Holmes, 20.James Gaskell, 21.Will Cliff, 22.Nick Macleod, 23.Cameron Shepherd


 

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